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    Record Numbers Deported in 2011

    A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle stands guard along the border fence with its concertino wire topping it  Monday Nov. 17, 2008 in San Diego. The government is planning to add concertino wire to additional fenced areas. The Border Patrol is completing installation of razor-sharp wires atop a 5-mile stretch of fence, a move that authorities credit for a sharp drop in attacks on agents by rock-, bottle- and brick-wielding assailants from Mexico. Critics say the prison-style fence is a menacing eyesore. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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    Immigration statistics are coming out just in time to inform the presidential candidates' calculations on the controversial issue. During the 2011 fiscal year, U.S. authorities deported 391,953 foreign-born people, according to numbers released Friday by the Office of Immigration Statistics. Ninety-three percent of those deported came from just four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The deportations includes a record-high number of 188,000 individuals convicted of crimes in the United States. The figures are down slightly for the 2012 fiscal year: with one month left, the U.S. has deported approximately 366,000 undocumented civilians.

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